Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

Standards Suck: View More Info

Category: Standards

Anne van Kesteren, Marcos Caceres, and Lachlan Hunt talk about Web standards on their show which is interestingly titled “Standards Suck” (since they are active participants on making them suck less!). They recently published some interesting interviews, including: Alex Mogilevsky of Microsoft on CSS and IE 8 I interviewed Alex Mogilevsky here in Mandelieu during Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 4:24 am

3.6 rating from 11 votes

Monday, October 6th, 2008

SMIL 3.0 Reaches Proposed Recommendation

Category: Standards

Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language (or SMIL) 3.0 has now become a proposed recommendation at the W3C. SMIL hasn’t been widely used, but some of it is widely supported thanks to ACID tests that had the browser vendors put it in. 3.0 has the following goals: Define an XML-based language that allows authors to write interactive Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:32 pm

3.2 rating from 10 votes

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

This Week in HTML 5: Clickjacking

Category: HTML, Standards

Mark Pilgrim, in his latest episode on This Week in HTML 5, got into an interesting topic indeed: clickjacking. The big news this week is the disclosure of a vulnerability that researchers have dubbed “clickjacking.” To understand it, start with Giorgio Maone’s post, Clickjacking and NoScript. Giorgio is the author of the popular NoScript extension Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:47 am

3.5 rating from 11 votes

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

HTML 5: Ian Hickson showing you features in browsers today!

Category: Browsers, HTML, Standards

Ian Hickson gave a great presentation at Google where he just sat down, opened up Emacs, and started to build demos on the fly that use HTML 5 features. His goal was to use browsers available today (albeit nightlies and such for some of them) to show progress…. so no future tense! You can watch Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:25 am

4.1 rating from 19 votes

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

HTML 5: Welcome WebForms and more

Category: HTML, Standards

In Mark Pilgrim’s HTML 5 roundup he shares with us the big news: … the merging of the Web Forms 2 specification into the HTML 5 specification, and updating it with the collected feedback of the last two years. form [r2142] fieldset [r2143] input [r2144] button [r2145] label [r2146] select [r2148] datalist [r2150] optgroup [r2151] Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:07 am

4.6 rating from 61 votes

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

Ian Hickson discusses HTML 5 features, pain points, adoption rate, and more

Category: Standards

Justin James took some time to interview Ian Hickson, HTML Uber Editor, on features, pain points, adoption rate, and more. A couple of interesting messages come out for me: We want to do this right, and actually specify what should be done, and this takes time. No more vague specs! Although the final spec will Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:29 am

3.2 rating from 16 votes

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

In Praise of Evolvable Systems

Category: Articles, Editorial, Standards

I met with a colleague recently who wants to take his project and create a standard on the web that actually gets adopted. We talked for a long time, and when we finished up I pointed him at a paper that had a huge impact on me, called “In Praise of Evolvable Systems” by Clay Read the rest…

Posted by Brad Neuberg at 5:45 am
1 Comment

4.2 rating from 6 votes

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

navigator.geolocation: Using the W3C Geolocation API today

Category: Gears, Google, JavaScript, Mapping, Standards

Last week I wrote a simple WhereAreYou? application that used the Google Ajax APIs ClientLocation API to access your location via your IP address. At the same time, we announced support for the Gears Geolocation API that can calculate your address using a GPS device, WiFi info, cell tower ids, and IP address lookups. Add Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:14 am

3.6 rating from 30 votes

Thursday, August 14th, 2008

This Week in HTML 5: Navigator standardization, Worker, and more

Category: HTML, Standards

Mark Pilgrim has released his second This Week in HTML 5 episode that covers window.navigator, a new Worker, talk on alt, and more. Navigator standardization The navigator attribute of the Window interface must return an instance of the Navigator interface, which represents the identity and state of the user agent (the client), and allows Web Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:57 am
1 Comment

3.6 rating from 10 votes

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

ECMAScript Harmony: Coming together after Oslo

Category: JavaScript, Standards

I discussed my worries about JavaScript 2 recently. I could only do so as I saw some light at the end of the tunnel. That light came from an ECMA meetup in Oslo where it seems people came together to rally behind the idea that something needs to be done. Brendan Eich posted to a Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:56 pm

4.1 rating from 24 votes

More on codecs: Apple’s view, and the BBC makes a move

Category: Sound, Standards

We just talked about codecs, and in particular the world of Ogg. Mozilla came out supporting the format, and saying that we should see it in Firefox 3.1. Niall Kennedy then reminded me of a post, way back in time, by David Singer of Apple discussing the research that Apple did into Ogg: Preamble The Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:16 am

3.5 rating from 11 votes

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

CSS variables considered harmful?

Category: CSS, Standards, W3C

Bert Bos, a W3C fellow, thinks that CSS variables are to be considered harmful: Adding any form of macros or additional scopes and indirections, including symbolic constants, is not just redundant, but changes CSS in ways that make it unsuitable for its intended audience. Given that there is currently no alternative to CSS, these things Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:06 am

4.2 rating from 23 votes

Friday, July 25th, 2008

HTML 5 Linking all around the horn

Category: HTML, Standards

Eric Meyer has been working on an HTML 5 linking proposal and has put together a demonstration of his proposal. His linking demo shows how you could put href=”…” on paragraphs, table rows, cells, and many other places. This demo is done with simple JavaScript for now, with the obvious hope that browsers natively support Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:51 am

3.7 rating from 19 votes

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

Open Web Foundation: David Recordon at OSCON

Category: Standards

David Recordon has just started his OSCON talk, embedded above, on supporting the Open Web. He is announcing the Open Web Foundation, a new attempt to have a place for us to incubate, license, and build community around specifications, protocols, and more. I posted about this on my blog as I am an initial member: Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:24 am

4.7619047619048E+48 rating from 21 votes

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

Embedded OpenType and the W3C

Category: Microsoft, Standards

< View plain text > css @font-face {   font-family: Cambria;   font-style: normal;   font-weight: normal;   src: url(CAMBRIA2.eot); } We discussed the new font-face / EOT work yesterday. Ben loves typography, hence him wanting to give Tahoma a rest. Then we see Microsoft weighing in on the topic, and it made me ponder Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:15 am

3.7 rating from 19 votes

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

IE8 HTML 5 Ajax Page Navigations

Category: HTML, IE, Standards

Sharath Udupa, an IE developer at Microsoft has posted on the IE 8 page navigations feature: In IE8 mode, we provide support for script to update the travel log components (for e.g. back/forward buttons, address bar) to reflect client-side updates to documents. This allows a better user experience where users can navigate back and forth Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:06 am

3.7 rating from 26 votes